Archer awarded New Zealand drilling contract

Oslo-listed oilfield service provider Archer has been awarded a contract with OMV Taranaki for drilling services using the modular drilling rig Archer Emerald.

The contract is for five wells with two additional one-well options on OMV’s Maui A platform in the Tasman Sea off New Zealand. The firm contract has an estimated duration of 11 months, with a further five months for the optional wells.

Archer’s modular drilling rig will be mobilised from Norway to New Zealand, and drilling is expected to commence in March 2020.

Kenny Dey, VP for Platform Drilling at Archer, commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract which reinforces our position as the leading provider of harsh environment offshore modular drilling rigs with our commitment to provide safe and efficient drilling solutions.

“This award demonstrates the confidence our client has in our modular rig technology and personnel following Emerald’s first successful drilling campaign on Maui A between 2012 and 2014.We look forward to working closely with OMV. Our personnel are committed to deliver safe, efficient and successful wells.”

Grant Rowles

Grant spent nine years at Informa Group based in London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore. He gained strong management experience in publishing, conferences and awards schemes in the shipping and legal areas, working on a number of titles including Lloyd's List. In 2009 Grant joined Seatrade responsible for the commercial development of Seatrade’s Asia products. In 2012, with Sam Chambers, he co-founded Asia Shipping Media.
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